I wasn’t intending to write about this, but I am surprised few other bloggers seem to have picked up on this recent, very positive statement by Professor John Britton of the Royal College of Physicians published in Deadline News.
Prof John Britton, chairman of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group, said that e-cigarettes had the potential to save millions of lives.
He said: “The likelihood is that smoking electronic cigarettes is better than smoking tobacco.
“Electronic cigarettes have the potential to save lives. The concept of nicotine replacement is powerful and good.”
Source: Deadline News
Statement like these don’t get issued without a lot of thought, and also adds weight to support from the UK Government Nudge Unit. I also think that the statement might be even more powerful if it wasn’t for the sale of some inferior models.
These are very cheap, models which are being sold on markets and in some more stores which do not comply with current regulations, and which contain lead in the batteries. If the companies producing these e-cigarettes are cutting corners on batteries, I think it’s also unlikely they are batch testing the e-liquid contained within the device (as required by our trade organisation, ECITA.)
Fortunately, when trading standards come across these models they are taking them off the shelves. When and if these models are removed totally, both consumers and doctors will be able to feel more confident about electronic cigarettes.
Want to learn more? Check out Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe and Nicotine in Electronic Cigarettes: 10 Facts Every User Should Know.